Green Globe winners illuminating sustainable future for NSW

A diverse range of innovative projects from across the state have been highlighted in this year’s winning line-up for the Green Globe Awards.

2017 Green Globe Awards finalists, group photo

Office of Environment and Heritage Chief Executive Anthony Lean said the varied projects are helping ensure NSW builds the most sustainable future possible.

“I’m inspired by the pioneering projects and the dedicated people and organisations across our state who are committed to driving us towards a better future for our planet and the next generation, Mr Lean said.

Stone and Wood Brewing Co based in Byron Bay scooped both the Business Leadership Award and the prestigious Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence this year.

“Stone and Wood has built sustainability into their core operations from the ground up,” he said.

“They’re not only producing beer in the most sustainable way but they’re also raising awareness and educating others in their sector about what’s achievable.

“The team from Stone and Wood also works within their local community on environmental, economic and social sustainability issues,” he said.

The Sustainability Champion Award went to Alexandra Iljadica for her Youth Food Movement initiative which is connecting and equipping young people with the skills needed to address pressing food environment challenges.

“Alexandra’s story is one of outstanding leadership in setting up an organisation from scratch and mobilising a vibrant network of skills-sharing and collaboration, creating Australia’s only youth-led food organisation,” Mr Lean said.

Australia’s first community owned renewable energy retailer Enova Community Energy received the Regional Sustainability Award, while 24-year-old Anna Jane Linke is 2017’s Young Sustainability Champion.

“Both are very deserving winners and are a credit to their communities,” he said.

“Anna Jane is the leader of her very own costal rubbish revolution, filling a gap with her Seaside Scavenge initiative.

“She’s making a real difference reducing coastal waste and pollution while changing behaviour through practical environmental solutions.

“Enova Community Energy is also breaking new ground with its inspiring business model which is maximising local job creation and recycling 50 per cent of its profits back into the community,” Mr Lean said.

An independent panel of sustainability experts selected this year’s winners who were presented last night at an event at the Art Gallery of NSW.

NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton hosted the Awards and the Master of Ceremonies was sustainability champion and award-winning journalist Indira Naidoo.

For further details about all the winners, the projects and their locations please visit: Green Globe Awards.